Spinning Headlines – Week 8: Weekend Box Office, RIP Bill Paxton, the Oscars, Okja, Kong: Skull Island, Cars 3, Alien: Covenant…Bright
Another week has passed, and it ended on the most shocking note in the weekend as on Sunday we got the most upsetting of news when it was reported that Bill Paxton had suddenly passed away at 61 from surgery complications. I’m not gonna lie – I thought that after the huge Year of Death that was 2016, this year had kinda sorta started in a much milder manner, but this one hit HARD. Our site’s Memorial thread for Paxton can be found HERE.
And Sunday was also the Oscar-night, and although it was a bit difficult to tune into that after the hearbreaking news – one must try and soldier on, so my Oscar-winner list(and a sort of running commentary of the broadcast in the comment-section) can be found HERE.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2||1||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$19,208,097||-41.2%||4,057||-31||$4,735||$133,214,675||$80||3|
|3||4||John Wick: Chapter Two||LG/S||$9,358,982||-42.3%||2,954||-159||$3,168||$74,771,682||–||3|
|4||3||The Great Wall||Uni.||$9,125,960||-50.6%||3,328||+2||$2,742||$34,831,600||$150||2|
|5||2||Fifty Shades Darker||Uni.||$7,792,655||-61.6%||3,216||-498||$2,423||$103,727,870||$55||3|
|6||5||Fist Fight||WB (NL)||$6,571,348||-46.1%||3,185||–||$2,063||$23,446,175||–||2|
|8||9||La La Land||LG/S||$4,689,292||+2.1%||1,733||+146||$2,706||$140,949,357||$30||12|
“The LEGO Batman Movie” found itself beaten this week, and it was Jordan Peele‘s directing debut, the horror/social satire film “Get Out” which took the top – and considering the films reported $4.5 million budget, it scored BIG already. And it was also the only new release of the week that even made it to the top ten. Some other noteworthy things on this list are that first; “Fifty Shades Darker” had a major drop from last week, so I guess all those who wanted to see it pretty much saw it. Second; “John Wick: Chapter Two” actually GAINED a position from last week so it might have some longevity. Although probably not as much as “Hidden Figures” – which I finally caught last night and I must say it’s a very good film and deserves all the credit it has gotten – and “La La Land“.
FIRST LOOK AT BONG JOON-HO’S NEXT
It’s been 4 years since “Snowpiercer” opened in Asia, so it was about time to see something from writer/director Bong Joon-Ho (“The Host”) again. So here is the first teaser from his upcoming Netflix Original film, titled “Okja“. First I have to say that Tilda Swinton is featured prominently again – although sporting a VERY different look than she had in “Snowpiercer“. But overall the film seems to follow more in the style of “The Host“. Here’s the official synopsis:
“From visionary Director Bong Joon Ho, this grand global adventure follows a friendship too big to ignore. Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. Following her across continents, the coming-of-age comedy drama sees Mija’s horizons expand in a way one never would want for one’s children, coming up against the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity’s obsession with image, brand and self-promotion.
Only on Netflix June 28”
THE FINAL “KONG: SKULL ISLAND” TRAILER
This looks absolutely batshit crazy fun. There certainly does not seem to be a lack of monsters and creatures in this film. The ONLY thing that sort of caught my eye somewhat is that Kong’s battle with multiple “Skullcrawlers” seems to be borrowing the visuals of the T-Rex battle in Peter Jackson‘s “Kong”…but I hope that’s just one specific nod. But otherwise it looks just absolutely nuts. In that GOOD way.
THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
Oh yes – there was one other awards ceremony during the weekend as well, and the (eventual) winner of “Best Picture”, “Moonlight” did well in these games too. Here’s the list of winners (I like the “best first feature”-category as well; “The Witch” was one hell of a debut):
Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)
Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Story By), Moonlight (A24)
Best First Feature:
The Witch (A24)
Director: Robert Eggers
Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond,
Best First Screenplay:
Robert Eggers, The Witch (A24)
John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000):
Spa Night (Strand Releasing)
Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn
Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas
Best Supporting Female:
Molly Shannon, Other People (Vertical Entertainment)
Best Supporting Male:
Ben Foster, Hell or High Water (CBS Films/Lionsgate)
Best Female Lead:
Isabelle Huppert, Elle (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best Male Lead:
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Amazon Studios)
Robert Altman Award:
Director: Barry Jenkins
Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez
Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
James Laxton, Moonlight (A24)
Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders, Moonlight (A24)
Best International Film:
Toni Erdmann (Germany and Romania– Sony Pictures Classics)
Director: Maren Ade
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)
Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman
Producers: Deirdre Fenton, Libby Geist, Nina Krstic, Erin Leyden, Tamara Rosenberg, Connor Schell, Caroline Waterlow
DAVID AYERS NEXT GETS FIRST TEASER
And here we get the first glimpse of “Bright” – the film that David Ayer took away from Warner Bros. to Netflix so he could have “total creative freedom”. It definitely has the elements of the kind of urban, dirty settings like Ayer’s first films, but it also brings in the fantasy-world. Here’s the rundown:
“Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.
Bright is available only on Netflix this December. Bright is directed by David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad) stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), and Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad). The movie is written by Max Landis (Chronicle) and produced by Ayer, Eric Newman (Narcos) and Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games). The Netflix Original Film will launch globally this December.”
SOME VARIOUS MARVEL-RELATED NEWS
We all knew that “Logan” would be the last time Hugh Jackman would wear the claws – but last week Patrick Stewart also confirmed that the film will also feature his last appearance as Professor X. While talking to SiriusXFM last week along with Jackman and James Mangold, Stewart stated the following: “A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, the three of us sat, watching the movie … And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and — this is an admission — but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing … I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Hugh] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It’s all over.’”
Simon Kinberg gave some statements regarding Fox’s upcoming “New Mutants” and “Deadpool 2“:
“We’re gearing up to make both of them this year. New Mutants we’re waiting on a new draft of the script, which we’re all very excited about. Josh Boone has been prepping that movie. Josh is someone who is a lifelong, hardcore fan of New Mutants, and the plan is to make that movie late spring, early summer of this year, and have it come out next year.
Similarly with Deadpool 2, Ryan and the guys have been working hard on the script. We have a really good script for that movie, and we’re into the casting process right now for some of the new characters. There aren’t a lot of new characters, but there are some big ones, as I’m sure you can imagine. And the plan would be to shoot that movie this year as well and have it come out next year. So potentially next year you will have a surfeit of X-Men and X-Men-related movies in theaters.”
There’s also rumors circulating that Kinberg might be making his directing debut at the helm of that much-rumored new version of the “Dark Phoenix”-saga…
“JURASSIC WORLD”-SEQUEL STARTS FILMING
"We have an asset out of containment. Put ACU on alert. This not a drill."
— Bryce Dallas Howard (@BryceDHoward) February 24, 2017
The first one in that production to post a Twitter-picture was Bryce Dallas Howard.
ANOTHER LOOK AT “CARS 3”
…well, at least they are back in the racing world and not doing all that Secret Agent-bullshit. Hopefully.
WARNER ALL-OF-A-SUDDEN PLANNING A “NIGHTWING” MOVIE
Well, the recent success of “The LEGO Batman Movie” might be responsible of adding another new face in the DCEU. Warner Bros. is apparently now planning to make a “Nightwing“-movie – with Chris McKay, the director of “LEGO Batman” at the helm. For those who don’t know who Nigtwing is, it’s Dick Grayson – the original Robin – who after growing out of those Boy Wonder-tights in the 80’s became a more adult superhero.
But, do you see??? Here it is again – one good example of how blown-apart and chaotic the DCEU development-process is: after they made their original plan of doing “Batman V. Superman“, “Wonder Woman“, “Justice League” parts 1 & 2 and then “Aquaman” – they just keep ADDING more stuff on their plate without any specific plan. Just because it apparently seems cool. Like suddenly deciding to fast-track “The Batman” in-between the “Justice League“-movies. The ship is sailing in the wind, and there’s no captain in sight…
“ALIEN: COVENANT” 5-MINUTE PROLOGUE
As a note; while this prologue features the cast of “Alien: Covenant“, it was not directed by Ridley Scott – this is the work of his son Luke, whose feature-debut “Morgan” premiered last year. It was not seen by many, but I caight it a couple weeks ago and I liked it.
A “FATE OF THE FURIOUS” TEASER
It’s just a short clip, but it shows a little more of how Charlize Theron’s character approaches Dom and turns(or not) him around.
A COUPLE “POWER RANGERS” TV-SPOTS
…being raised in Scandinavia, I can say that I’m very unfamiliar with the whole concept of the Power Rangers, but as they do have a following, I’ll add these here.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
How could it not be anything else than this clusterfuck?
That is all.